Bio

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Vince Oliver is a graduate of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where he studied percussion performance and composition. Upon graduating, he toured with the cast of the Broadway show, Blast! as the featured marimba soloist for two years. Vince was also able to tour several summers in Japan as a featured percussionists in five different MEG/KTI productions: Blast 2005, Blast II MIX 2006, Blast (Broadway Version) 2007, Blast II MIX 2008, Blast (Tour Version) 2009.

As an educator, Vince served as Percussion Director at James Logan High School from 2003-2013. Under his consultation the JLHS Wind Ensembles performed at The Midwest Clinic, Carnegie Hall, The Walt Disney Concert Hall, WASBE, and the Edinburgh Music Festival. Additionally, the marching band won seven consecutive WBA Championships, and the JLHS Percussion Ensembles made several WGI World Class Finals appearances, earned one WGI silver medal, and won a WGI Championship in 2013.

As a composer/arranger, Mr. Oliver has the privilege of writing for various ensembles throughout the world. His wind ensemble and orchestra compositions have been performed at The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center,  The Palau de Música in Barcelona, WASBE, and his parade arrangement of 2012 Overture for Saratoga High School was featured in the 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Press, a piece for string orchestra and electronics was premiered at the 2014 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic; Press Play, for wind band and electronics, was performed at the 2017 Midwest Clinic. In 2017 and 2019, Vince had the honor of being musical director and co-arranger for a new Blast production featuring the music of Disney. Blast! The Music of Disney has been a very successful sequel to the original show, and continues to delight audiences throughout Japan.

Vince Oliver was the sound designer and music coordinator for the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from 2014-2018. He currently arranges/composes and serves as production assistant to many marching ensembles throughout the world including: Avon High School, Blue Springs High School, Wando High School, Union High School, The Woodlands High School, and The Yokohama Inspires Drum and Bugle Corps.

Vince Oliver is an Innovative Percussion artist, and a member of ASCAP.